Sandy Wang of Level Restaurant & Bar pairs a sweet potato with grilled lamb lollipops at her new business, which is capturing attention for its colorful bar and sociable service.
Hole in Two: Krispy Kreme is bringing its "Hot Now" sign to the South Side. A new store in the doughnut chain is about to break ground in the former Cloverleaf Mall recently reclaimed by Kroger and other retailers. No timeline has been established for the build-out on Midlothian Turnpike, a company rep says, but onsite signs are an official step forward. The chain's long-standing location at 4910 W. Broad St. gets steady traffic at its 24-hour drive-through, where fans respond Pavlovian-style to the red neon sign.
Healthy lunch: Good Foods Grocery now offers its cafe menu on Saturdays at Stony Point Shopping Center, featuring fresh salads, sandwiches, soups and classics from chef Michael King's repertoire at the former Grace Place. The cafe, with coffees, smoothies and fresh juices, operates 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. Weekday lunch hours continue at the Gayton Crossing location. goodfoodsgrocery.com.
New sage: Legend Brewing Co. celebrates its 20th anniversary all year, and an event this week features a Style Weekly beer. Editor in Chief Jason Roop has worked with cellar man Aaron Sanders and David Gott, vice president of operations, to create a beer with sage, orange, cranberry, cinnamon and nutmeg notes to go with Legend's Belgian-style seasonal Winter White. Roop invites you to come have a taste while it lasts. He'll tap the pin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, which also happens to be ladies' night at the Manchester pub. See details and other anniversary events at legendbrewing.com.
Level Restaurant & Bar: Sushi, Asian snacks and soups, seafood and Angus beef entrees, hibachi and full bar in contemporary cafe. Lunch, dinner and bar daily. 2007 W. Broad St. 353-8885.
Cask Café & Market: Local meats, cheeses and beer to-go or eat there, with pressed sandwiches, salads, meat boards, soups and sundries. Growlers, expertise and low-key charm, plus parking. Daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 206 S. Robinson St. 355-2402.
My Noodle & Bar: Asian appetizers, soups and fusion veg, meat and fish entrees in family-run cellar cafe and lounge. Lunch, dinner and bar daily. 1600 Monument Ave. 308-1613.
American Tap Room Classic Grill: New location of Virginia-based chain with burgers, chicken and waffles, sandwiches, steaks and 100 beers. Wine and cocktails. Patio with fire pit, party room, kids' menu. Lunch, dinner and bar daily, Sunday brunch. 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, unit 840. 308-9013. americantaproom.com.
Max's on Broad: Belgian-French brasserie with seafood, crepes, chowder, sandwiches, entrees and spirits. Lunch, dinner and bar daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 305 Brook Road. 225-0400. maxsonbroad.com.